Students in the residence halls are struggling to eat their food. The chief culprits in this dilemma are the compostable, corn-based cutlery now being used by Housing and Food Services (HFS) as part of a composting and recycling program.
The new cutlery was implemented this year as part of the larger composting program instituted last February. HFS ultimately hopes to achieve a "zero waste target" through this program.
"Last year, we bought over 3,000,000 forks, knives and spoons, and they all went to a landfill," said Michael Meyering, HFS project manager.
The new cutlery is entirely reusable and degrades within 60 days. It is also slightly cheaper than the old plastic cutlery used last year. As a whole, biodegradable products are a largely affordable solution for an institution as large as a university.